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According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, there is trouble a brewing in the Bar & Shield crowd this week, as Dave Zien was denied a powertrain warranty claim on his 2014 model year Harley-Davidson trike. For those not in the know, Zien is best known in the two-wheeled community as the man who has logged the most documented miles on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle (~2.5 million), as well as putting over a million miles on his 1991 Harley-Davidson, which now sits in the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. All those miles aside, Zien’s issue with Harley-Davidson stems from the flags mounted on his trike.

I doubt many motorcyclists would argue that some form of speech or expression is not occurring when one performs a burnout on a motorcycle, though many riders above the age of 12-years-old might find the communication being conducted to be base and/or annoying, and thus chooses to refrain from such activities. But, just as clothing can be viewed as an extension of one’s persona, a motorcycle too can be viewed as an extension of an individual’s personality, and it can be a tool through which he or she expresses him or herself (I would argue that this is the primary reason many motorcyclists ride motorcycles in the first place).